Season 21

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Not About Nightingales
Directed by Christopher Davis

Though written in the 1930s, Tennessee Williams′ "lost play," Not about Nightingales, spins a tale that might very well have been torn from today′s headlines. As it tells the story of a sadistic prison warden with a dog complex, this play touches, and not lightly, on issues of sexual politics, justice as entertainment and the abuse of unchecked and unlimited power. Written at the age of twenty-seven, this early play shows us a side of Williams that we have never seen before. It shows us a politically active, angry young man negotiating a difficult path between entertainment and education, expressionism and social realism, poetry and plain language.

A Dream Play
Directed by Miki Whittles Shelton

This 1901 play is a fantastic tale that has been rarely staged in the United States. Characterized by Strindberg as a "mixture of memories, experiences, free fancies, incongruities, and improvisations," Dream Play describes a mythical journey that the daughter of the great Hindu deity, Indra, takes to Earth to learn how mankind lives. Due to the nature of dreams, time bends, fractures and the impossible becomes real.

Kathie and the Hippopotamus
Translated by David Graham-Young
Directed by David Jilg

In a make-believe Paris, a man and woman devote two hours each day to fiction: the life that wasn′t, but could have been; the life that was, but shouldn′t have been. As Kathie dictates, Santiago transcribes and embellishes; the transformations of their respective lives are enacted onstage, summoned together by memory, desire, fantasy, association and chance. With sparkling humor, famed Peruvian writer, Mario Vargas Llosa explores the indistinct boundaries that separate the real and imaginary, invention and truth, life and fiction.

Carousel
Music by Richard Rodgers
Book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Based on Ferene Molnar′s play Liliom as adapted by Benjamin F. Glazer
Directed by Brad Shelton

Recently named the "Best musical of the 20th Century" by TIME magazine, this ground-breaking musical is bursting with vibrant dancing and glorious music. Set along the Maine seacoast, Carousel tells of the love affair between a charismatic carnival barker and beautiful young mill worker. Featuring the romantic melodies - If I Loved You, June is Busting Out All Over, The Carousel Waltz, and You′ll Never Walk Alone - and staged by the director of last season′s Iphigenia and Other Daughters, Carousel is sure to be a highlight of the Memphis theatrical season.

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